As far as the headliner coming loose from the top around the rear window, this is a VERY common problem. VW had a TSB and suggested buying some special clips to secure the headliner.My new top was installed 2 1/2 months ago, very pleased with it. The original headliner was used, and popped out of the frame around the window across the bottom and on the passenger side about 2 weeks ago. This is a problem even with the original tops.
I took her back to my installer and he fixed it for no charge.
Otherwise I am very pleased with this new top, works beautifully and looks so much better than the faded, creased, nearly windowless 12 year old original.
Sorry you went through all of that trouble. The manufacturer is probably in Oxnard, where my installer picked mine up. While it wasn't cheap, it was less than $2,600, and the turn around was 24 hours. Glad I didn't attempt it as the installer said there was dirt EVERYWHERE. Lots of road grime as my top was down more often than not.I'm almost finished with putting a new top on my '06. It has been the 'Project from Hell'! First, we ordered the top through one of the online places.....up in small Northeastern state. A week or so went by and we get a call saying the color and fabric was no longer available. Another week or two goes by and my checks on the order and find that 'they' had it marked as a Power top. Mine is a Manual top. Hopefully that has been straightened out. More time goes by, another call, only to find out now, the Manufacturer really isn't! It's being made by a company in California. About a month goes by, and we finally get the top. Looks Good! I've taken the old top off by now. Should be easy........well, it ain't, and I've done almost every mechanical thing a man can do! Oh yea, and removing the rear window seals on each side.......came out in pieces. That was $250 from the dealer! I only took them out because of that Moronic Youtube video by Bentley Publishing. On the plus side, the top cost $800 + $250 for seals, the local price for an installed top was $2600. Would I do it again, no.......hell no. If you are a true masochist, go for it. I haven't even addressed the 50 places one can go wrong. If a guy would do one for $500, buy him steak and the best wine.
I have a 2003 convertible beetle that needs a new top , may I ask where you are located ? I am in SE Michigan . Would so appreciate some help . Regards FionaBill, I install convertible tops for a living and recently installed a German A5 cloth top.
The biggest difference is that the A5 top is more like the OEM top in regard to the sound deadening properties that it possesses. If you liked the original top because of this reason, you should definetly spring the extra $ for the A5.
As far as appearance goes, stayfast is close enough looking, lasts a reasonable length of time and of course is cheaper.
Make sure that you go with a brand of top that has a lifetime warranty on the bond at the back window. Then if you still have the car 8-10 years out, you won't need to worry about if your back window will ever come delaminated from the topping. The top manufacturer will warrantee the top and you get a new one.
By the way, $400-$500 is dirt cheap for an installation of this type.
My top cover seemed to have this greasy black goo on it that I could not clean off. I trashed it and bought one off ebay for $100. Excellent investment, it fit perfect. I saw another one on ebay yesterday for $50.I notice on the online sites, the German A5 material tops cost about $200 more than other fabrics. Can anyone make recommendations based on experience? Seems like a considerable difference in cost. Have to replace mine in the next month or two. Thanks, Bill